Learning from Amos
Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. - Amos 5:14-15
When life is going smoothly, you need to be careful. You’re ripe for complacency and a downfall. In the day of the prophet Amos, the people of Israel were prosperous and began to think they could make it without God. We all slip into that dangerous place without really thinking at times. This led them down a steep path toward destruction.
Another problem with the people during Amos’ time is that they acted as if they didn’t need other people. They exploited the weak and poor. They were indifferent to the pain of those around them. They enslaved the helpless through extortion and heavy taxation. God created us to live in relationships, not in isolation. Are you recognizing your need for others and doing what you can to make restitution to those you hurt?
A final similarity between the Israelites and our culture is that many of them kept up outward appearances of religion even though they had abandoned their faith in God. I think we can agree that you and I are in danger of falling into the same trap. Are you performing to get the approval of your boss or friends? Are you hiding your failures from your wife, pretending you’re faithfully following God’s way when you’re not? God is not so concerned with how you appear on the surface; he sees through your false appearances even if others don’t. God cares about the attitude of your heart.
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” - Winston Churchhill (1874-1965)
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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.